The Sox seem to be a bit over matched already with the two pitchers on the mound to start. Ross Detwiler is on the bump in what will probably be an opener situation, and, let’s just say he is not a top pitcher. He is in the bottom 3% of the league in just about every expected stat. that includes a bottom 2 % of the league ranking in xwOBA, so, he is not very good to say the least. However, it should be tough to be as bad as Detwiler was his last outing. He only got one out while allowing three runs in a relief appearance against the Braves two days ago.
On the opposing side, Aaron Civale has been fantastic. He started the year in Double-A for Cleveland and is now one of the most reliable pitchers on the staff. He had a 1.96 ERA and his start today is the first one against the White Sox. He mostly works with a sinker (35.3%) and a cutter (32.1%); both have good horizontal movement. He uses two breaking balls, slider and a curve, but he uses the curve more often with two strikes and it has a 40% putaway rate. Hopefully the Sox can get to him, but he hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his starts.
The South Siders will start part two of their road trip at 6:10 CT. As always, WGN has the radio, and NBC Sports Chicago will have the broadcast.